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Shayla Racquel, filmmaker and award-winning director is the creator of Quarter Century, a narrative series following a group of post-grads who are trying to figure out what it means to be “grown”; a short film titled Life’s Checklist that was an official selection at six film festivals and has won three awards, including Best Student Short Film; and her thesis capstone Riverment, a short film that discusses intergenerational trauma while comparing and contrasting movements and has won 11 awards (so far)! 

Shayla Racquel bleeds Orange & Green, holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the illustrious Florida A&M University. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Film & Electronic Media from American University. 


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In this episode, Shayla shares:

how to be a standout candidate for film school

what to look for in a film festival before spending money to apply

the importance of storytelling as a filmmaker and film school applicant

how to become a filmmaker without going to film school

the secrets to success on the film festival circuit

the importance of creative and artistic exposure during early childhood

After the episode, be sure to check out these resources!

Mentioned during the episode

The S.T.A.R. Method


Online storytelling courses from CreativeLive:

BronzeLens Film Festival


Odyssey of the Mind

Shayla’s films

Quarter Century Season 1 | Season 2

Life’s Checklist on YouTube

Fiverment Film – Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

Shayla’s contact info

Contact Shayla on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  | Website